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Via: SeaWorld® Parks & Entertainment
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Amid growing controversy surrounding Seaworld's orca whales, they have finally vowed to stop orca breeding.  

Since the release of 'Blackfish', a documentary that puts orca whale captivity in a very negative light (see the trailer below) the shows and captive breeding program at SeaWorld seem to have lost their charm.  



As SeaWorld put it in a statement about the decision to stop breeding orca whales, attitudes are changing:

We're changing because attitudes about animals under human care have evolved and we need to evolve with them. And make no mistake: we have all played a big part in why society has evolved on this issue. 

When we opened our doors more than 50 years ago, killer whales were feared and hunted. Now, orcas are among the most beloved marine mammals on the planet. One reason why is more than 400 million people came to our parks and fell in love with our whales.

So in many ways, SeaWorld faced the ultimate paradox. Our whales are one of the biggest reasons people visit our parks. At the same time large animals like orcas under human care were a growing concern for many people. The world changed -- and today SeaWorld is changing with it. 
Steve O climbs a crane with an inflatable whale to protest SeaSorld.
Via: Los Angeles Times
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Steve-O, from Jackass and stuntman fame, introduced Facebook to 'Sammy' Aug. 8 and hinted he would do something stupid with the inflatable whale.

This is Shammy. We're going to do a big dangerous stunt in Los Angeles tomorrow that will probably get me in a lot of...

Posted by Steve-O on Saturday, August 8, 2015


His master plan, it turns out, was to climb a construction crane in Los Angeles and, with the help of Sammy, protest SeaWorld.

The Los Angeles Times reported on his stunt:

More than 80 firefighters were called to the 6000 block of West Selma Avenue about 8 p.m. on reports of a possible suicide attempt after an unidentified person was spotted on the crane, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

LAPD Lt. Michael Ling confirmed that Steve-O, whose real name is Stephen Glover, was arrested and is expected to be booked on suspicion of trespassing, setting a firework without a permit, and conspiracy to commit a crime. Investigators are still determining what charges apply, Ling said.

The apparent stunt prompted annoyance and frustration among public safety officials. More than 30 LAPD officers were called to the scene, and Selma Avenue was shut down.

Glover, 41, brought an inflatable Orca with him to the top of the crane and wore a "Blackfish" T-shirt, making the stunt another of his public demonstrations against SeaWorld.

Last year, he was charged with a traffic infraction for an anti-SeaWorld stunt in which he defaced a freeway sign in San Diego. He posted a YouTube video in August 2014 showing him climbing up the freeway sign to attach the word "sucks'' after the words "Sea World."



Steve-O, the true showman that he is, video recorded a great deal of it for you on his Facebook page.

Be warned, there is explicit language. Like you would expect.

Anyone wanna bail me out of jail?

Posted by Steve-O on Sunday, August 9, 2015

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Must The Show Go On? of the Day: Tilikum, the bull orca responsible for the 2010 death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau (seen above with Tilikum), is set to perform today for the first time since last year's tragic incident.

"Participating in shows is just a portion of Tilikum's day, but we feel it is an important com

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